“therefore wisdom and knowledge will be given you. And I will also give you wealth, possessions and honor, such as no king who was before you ever had and none after you will have.” (2 Chronicles 1:12)
Now that is an impressive list. Is there anyone out there who wouldn’t like a piece of that blessing? Solomon asked for wisdom and knowledge, and got wealth, possessions, and honor thrown in for free. I don’t think they were an addition, I think that maybe they were an outcome, a consequence of the first two. The wisdom and knowledge applied, led to honor wealth and possessions.
Yet wisdom and knowledge that leads to these outcomes was still a gift. Therefore they need to be spiritually discerned and received. It is our spiritual life that becomes manifest in our physical existence.
Our prayer life, insights and anointing will deliver a physical manifestation of Gods blessings and promises. Makes a brief quiet time more appealing doesn’t it.
Quick Prayer. “I pray for wisdom and knowledge, teach me your ways Lord.” Amen
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” (Philippians 4:12)
What is true contentment? What would it take for you to feel truly content? We tend to think of that in terms of material possessions, relationships and circumstances. Paul who was ship wrecked, beaten, stoned, jailed amongst other great experiences, is talking about something much deeper; A peace that goes beyond all understanding, beyond circumstance and experience. It is a contentment that can only be supernatural in origin.
Imagine being so close to God that all else pales into insignificance. All becomes a shadow, truly in context against the all-powerful light of a totally radiant God. The closer we get to Him the more content we will be. He is the only certainty, the only constant, the only place of true contentment.
Quick Prayer. “Bring me to a place of true contentment Lord.” Amen
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4:9)
We have leaned from God, received from Him and heard from Him. When we study His word or hear His still small voice, we have seen Him. What do we do with these words, impressions, feelings and instructions? We are exhorted to put them into practice.
Apply what we have seen of God into our lives, that we may be transformed to become more like Him. The more like Him we are, the more effective we will be in the Kingdom, the more fruit we will demonstrate, and the closer we are to being all we can be.
And the outcome according to this word is not the peace of God, but something better; the God of Peace will be with us.
Quick Prayer. “Help me always to be mindful of what you are teaching me Lord.” Amen
“For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be the glory forever! Amen.” (Romans 11:36)
Wow, here it is; the core of our reason for being, for serving, for Him, all that we have, all that we are, every blessing, every day. All comes from Him. We barely grasp the true meaning of what it is to be a Son or Daughter of the King.
All things were created for Him, and by Him, that He be glorified forever. If all that we have is His, it should all be dedicated to Him, for His use. What do we have in our hand we would struggle to give away? Where is the waste in resources, in time, in finances?
If only we would view our lives from an eternal perspective, how different would our world be?
Quick Prayer. “Help me to be a better steward Lord.” Amen
“Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.” (Proverbs 3:9-10)
Wow! What a promise. All the promises of God are “yes and amen” to those who love Jesus (see 2 Cor 1:20). You will have more than enough when you are faithful and honor God with your income. His Word is true; He is not a man that He would lie (see Num 23:19). Do we dare to accept Him according to His Word and exercise faith and action to appropriate His promise?
This is a mind-bending promise but one that is true because God said it was so. How we honor God with our first fruits is between us and God, and many errors have been placed on this truth. The important part is recognizing the truth of His provision and actually acting on it to reflect the command to honor Him with the cream of the crop.
Quick Prayer. “Thank you that you are a generous God. Please bless me according to your Word, as I have sought to be faithful to your will.” Amen
“In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:6)
How many times has God helped you out? How many times has He provided for you in your hour of need? Many times He works for our advantage and we are completely unaware.
So what should our response be? How often do we acknowledge Him in what we do, what we say and how we act. We can acknowledge it to Him. Saying thank you to God is an important part.
“Doing life” His way is a major way of acknowledging His Lordship in our lives. Acknowledging His Lordship in our influence and success, or overcoming of life’s problems, is not only a witness but will help align ourselves to His will.
When all is aid and done and we stand before God. The complexity of our journey will be shown to have been a straight path, where we have acknowledged Him and done it His way.
Quick Prayer. “Help me to remember to acknowledge you, in all I do.” Amen
“And if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God.” (Proverbs 2:3)
Imagine the smartest guys in the world all in the same room? The business worlds who’s who. Buffet, Jobs, Gates, Morgan, whoever you want. You have absolute access. How exciting would that be?
We have access to a mind, an understanding, a power of change, a foreseer of all, with an infinite capacity, and all the time and individual attention we want. Yet sometimes we loose the comprehension of such access. It cost a lot. More than money can buy. Let’s not take it for granted.
There is an essence in the scripture that understanding and wisdom need to be toiled for, as searching for gold, or silver. There is a measure of discipline, sweat, dedication and work required. Will we pay the price for insight beyond our realm of understanding? Will we seek the wisdom of God? Wow, what a privilege to have access to to the throne room of unfathomable grace.
Quick Prayer. “Please give me insight into those things that prevail against me.” Amen
“Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me.” (Job 41:11)
Have you ever been in a situation where you are arguing with God? Do you question His will and wisdom? Are you slow to respond to His prompting or argue the answer to a prayer that may be no, when you wanted yes. Perhaps He treats others in a way you want to be treated, or you expect Him to do one thing when He does another.
Step back for a moment and think of just how crazy that is. How asinine, how ridiculous. We are the created, He is the creator, we have limited vision, He has unlimited knowledge and understanding. Perhaps if we argued less, gave up resisting and moved quickly to agree and be obedient, we would see much more of the fruit we desire in our lives.
Quick Prayer. “Forgive me for arguing and not getting on with doing your will.” Amen